During his only interview after being fired from the team of the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Urban Meyer stated that he had spoken to Jimmy Johnson, who is known as the last coach to have had a very successful NFL career after transitioning from college football. At a pregame show, Johnson shared details about that conversation, shedding some light on the things Meyer’s point of view.
Unlike Meyer, Jimmy Johnson Managed to Transfer His Coaching Staff from College to the NFL
According to Jimmy Johnson, while Meyer went to Jacksonville as he had gone to Dallas, the difference was that Johnson had his entire coaching staff transferred with him from college. He pointed out how he had his administrative assistant, P.R. director, and trainer, and they were all on the same page, especially during times of adversity. Unlike Johnson, Meyer didn’t have that luxury in Jacksonville, and that lead to a lot of unproductive disagreement and backstabbing for him.
Many Disagree With Jimmy Johnson and Consider His Defense of Meyer Rather Apologetic
Jimmy Johnson jumped to the Dallas Cowboys from the University of Miami, making it rather easy for him to move together with his entire operation. In contrast, Urban Meyer had already exited coaching for two seasons before he decided to try his luck in the NFL. Considering how the two coaches are friends, it is likely that Johnson both enticed and cautioned Meyer before the latter took the job with the Jaguars. Now it looks like Johnson was trying to excuse Meyer’s performance, blaming it on betrayals rather than on the Jaguars’ coach’s own missteps.
Despite Johnson’s rhetoric, many believe Meyer’s fall from grace with the Jaguars was due to his inability to adapt. They point out how Meyer still managed to hire his own people to work with him in Jacksonville, although not the same who were with him in Ohio. Others believe Meyer’s firing was simply the result of the combination between his abrasive style and chronic losses. This seems to be the more grounded assessment because many find it difficult to believe that Meyer was actually a victim in the situation.
Marcus Rashford Was Given the MBE Award for His Charity Efforts
Star footballer Marcus Rashford who has also recently acted as a political activist, has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II with a Member of the British Empire award. The award is given in recognition of his effective campaign to feed vulnerable children. The Manchester United and England’s national team striker got his MBE award in the birthday honors list, which rewarded key workers and others for their efforts to help people in need.
Rashford Campaigned for the Rights of 1.3 Million Children to Claim Free School Meals
The government had a scheme to give free school meal vouchers, but it was set to end with the school term. Rashford wrote a powerful open letter to lawmakers and backed it by using his social media accounts and the 2.8 million followers he has on Twitter. His efforts resulted in a U-turn for the policy and got lawmakers to expand the food voucher scheme to run through England’s summer holidays.
As the youngest of five children, Rashford felt both honored and humbled by the award. He vowed to continue fighting for the end of child poverty and had a personal appeal to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to extend the support for the October half-term. Rashford said this was a special moment for him, his family, and especially for his mother, who, according to him, is the actual deserving recipient of the honor.
Rashford Said the Fight to Protect Vulnerable Children Is Not Over
After having this initial success in changing the government policy, Rashford formed a child food poverty task force. It has created links with some of the biggest food brands and supermarkets in the UK to help resolve the problem. He said people should stand together to ensure no children in the UK will go to bed hungry. As the Black Lives Matter campaign was gathering momentum, Rashford became a prominent voice for the movement in professional sports across the world. He supports it on social media.